During history wedding attire underwent many changes. Most people don't realize that white wasn't always a traditional choice. In fact, some believe that white was popularized by Queen Victoria. White became a symbol of status because only well do brides could afford to get married in white gowns. Basically, in the old days, they didn't exactly have washing machines or dry cleaning, so when an expensive material was stained, it was as good as ruined. This made white wedding dresses even more prestigious. Hence, the white wedding dress became a symbol of wealth and luxury.
European folklore dresses testify to the fact that European woman used to get married wearing red (just like it is customary in many Eastern cultures) because red is considered to be the colour of love. However, today most wedding dresses in Western cultures tend to be white (for reasons I just explained). Not that that makes the bridal options limited. For most of us white is now a logical choice and we don't feel limited by it. Bridal industry offers so many options nowadays. Vintage wedding dresses are probably the best choice for those who like retro style. Plus size Bridesmaid dresses needn't be dull either. These days we're really spoiled for choice. There are so many options available nowadays and if you ask me that's a good thing. The more choices, the better, right? Or was it all more simple in the old days? Was it easier to select a perfect dress when we weren't so spoiled for choice? What do you think?